Aug 24, 2022 - World

U.S. launches airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria

A F-15E Strike Eagle makes a pass during The Great State of Maine Airshow, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Brunswick Naval Air Station.
A F-15E Strike Eagle used by the U.S. military. Photo: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The U.S. military said it launched "precision airstrikes" against Iranian-backed groups in eastern Syria early Wednesday.

Driving the news: President Biden directed the strikes in Deir ez-Zor, which "targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps," according to a statement from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

  • The strikes follow an attack against U.S. personnel by Iran-backed groups on Aug. 15, according to the statement.
  • Although CENTCOM did not give any more details on that attack, CNN reports that Iran-backed fighters targeted the Green Village base near the border with Iraq, which resulted in no casualties nor damage.

What they're saying: "Today's strikes were necessary to protect and defend U.S. personnel," said CENTCOM spokesperson Col. Joe Buccino in the statement.

  • "The United States took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties."
  • There was no immediate comment from Syria's state-run media nor Iran's government on the strikes.
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